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Fire Damage in your Worcester home and How best to Handle It

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in your Worcester home and How best to Handle It Smoke Stains and Fire Damage Cleanup in Worcester Call SERVPRO of South Worcester (508)757-7885.

Call SERVPRO for Smoke & Fire Restoration Services

Every time a fire starts inside a home, some level of fire damage occurs. Even if the fire stays in a small area, the smoke and soot quickly spreads through the air into other areas and creates soot damage very quickly. Those living in Worcester can cope with this problem affecting their living spaces best by having certified experts carry out the work involved.

Worcester homes affected by fire damage and soot accumulation need experienced mitigation experts. SERVPRO technicians have extensive training and become certified by the IICRC in fields such as Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT), Odor Control (OCT), and Applied Structural Drying (ASD). 

Even small fire cleanup requires the skills learned in the pursuit of these three certificates, and our technicians continually keep these certificates up-to-date to serve you and your family better. Working together, they can quickly make it “Like it never even happened.”  

Technicians skilled in fire and smoke restoration remove only the charred materials within a home and leave those areas that sustained only smoke damage for our cleaning technicians. Soot removal requires several steps. Items with extensive or elaborate detailing require a bit more work than items with smoother surfaces before attaining pre-fire condition. The use of "dry ice blasting" is used, if you have never herd of Ice Blasting, it is a method that can be utilized under specific conditions.

Our technicians with odor control management training help complete restoration by eliminating bad odors caused by deposits from the fire's smoke wherever they occur. By following air currents inside your home, our technician finds the locations of the most substantial deposits. Treatment of these areas renders odor-causing particles inert and unable to continue causing bad smells. 

Elevated humidity can make odors from smoke even more pronounced, especially when the furnace runs or on unseasonably warm days. The water used to extinguish a small fire in our home soaks into absorbent materials and also evaporates as steam when making contact with the fire. Every home with fire damage also needs the moisture removed and completely dried out. This part of the process also helps guard against secondary water damage from developing in the not-so-distant future. 

SERVPRO of South Worcester, Faster To Any Size Disaster, can be contacted at our local number, (508) 757-7885. Calling us is the first step toward restoration after any amount of fire damage affects your home.

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Summer Safety Tips!

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Safety Tips! Think SERVPRO call us!

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July.

In 2013, eight people died and about 11,400 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage.

There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered. SERVPRO of South Worcester wants you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. n When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container. n Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Mold Damage Quick Thinking What To Do!

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that in less than 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water issue, such as a leaking water line or roof? Mold can be the cause of health problems as well as cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of South Worcester has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem?  Call Us Today – (508) 757-7885

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.

Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.

A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

Stay out of affected areas.

Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

Contact SERVPRO of South Worcester for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of South Worcester has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation. Call SERVPRO of South Worcester for all of your mold remediation services (508) 757-7885.

Mold Damage Control in Our Community!

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Control in Our Community! If you suspect mold is growing under floors or behind your drywall, call SERVPRO of South Worcester. Don't wait!

Experienced Mold Remediation Specialists

Water damage issues in the house can lead to mold growth on various surfaces, increasing the risk of health effects. As such, homeowners in Worcester should act quickly when water leaks or spills occur. The best way to deal with mold problems in your home is hiring an experienced mold remediation company.

As an experienced mold damage restoration company in Worcester, SERVPRO is strategically located to respond quickly to your emergency. We have a team of highly trained, highly skilled professionals that can eliminate mold problems in your house and prevent future attacks. Our products are up to par with IICRC guidelines, ensuring a smooth and efficient restoration process.

When it comes to mold damage, prevention is always better than cure. Mold needs organic matter, a suitable temperature range, and most importantly, moisture, to thrive. Considering that indoor environments provide the first two criteria in most cases, high moisture levels for a prolonged period are the crucial factor.

Unfortunately, simply removing water and moisture rapidly when it appears is not always possible, even in the most obvious scenario like a flood. Sometimes water can penetrate covered areas such as under flooring, wallpapers, and appliances, leading to hidden mold growth. If you have concerns about mold problems in the hidden corners of your home, call SERVPRO immediately.

Once we eliminate all visible water and signs of mold damage, we still have to deal with high humidity and any saturated materials. For this, SERVPRO has industry-standard dehumidifiers that can help replace moist air with dry air. You should keep your doors and windows open when practical to increase ventilation or air movement.

Mold damage can also occur when there are undetected maintenance problems in your house leading to high ambient moisture, such as leaking air conditioners or dripping pipes. SERVPRO can come in and assess the damage before determining the most appropriate remediation procedure.

Your home should be a place of relaxation after a long day at work, but the presence of mold can compromise this comfort. If you are dealing with mold problems in your house, SERVPRO of South Worcester can deploy highly skilled mold damage remediation experts to control the situation. Call us anytime at (508) 757-7885.  

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Commercial Water Mitigation Restores Worcester Facilities to Full Capacity

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Mitigation Restores Worcester Facilities to Full Capacity SERVPRO acts quickly to remove water and restore your facility so normal operations may continue to keep out workers and community happy!

SERVPRO Works to Restore Any Size Disaster

Worcester factories help keep the rest of the state, and much of the nation, running smoothly. Downtime can affect businesses all over, and we know that minimizing non-productive time periods is vital to the economic growth we all enjoy, and need for our community. 

Factories in Worcester that have developed leaks or other problems with water benefit from professional water mitigation services. SERVPRO works with all sizes of organizations,big or small including government entities, in providing disaster relief and preventative maintenance in many different disasters and problematic situations of all sizes. Any size disaster can halt production and become larger without proper mitigation of the situation.

Holding IICRC certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT), our employees know exactly what each factory needs to restore everything efficiently. Tracking water throughout your factory helps discover currently unknown locations, ensuring the removal of all water, even before it causes problems. We remove the water in your factory with appropriately sized equipment. Never too large or too small, our equipment efficiently eliminates the water imposing on your business operations. 

Elimination of moisture is crucial for machinery to remain functional. A dry environment also protects any materials and finished products. Heating and then circulating the air, so moisture is directed toward dehumidifiers pulls it out of the air. We implement moisture detectors so we can keep track of and document the process from start to finish. Similar equipment helps us locate the source of the water so we can keep it from continuing to trouble your business operations.

Machinery and electronic equipment is more appropriately cared for by our qualified partners when damaged. Arranging for simultaneous care with these individuals helps complete the entire scope of work required by your factory's situation so you can have everything up and running again sooner and without worry about unexpected and unforeseen problems.

Locally owned and operated, the technicians at SERVPRO of South Worcester know how crucial it is for businesses to work together in our community. Call us when your factory has a setback with water so we can perform water removal services. Our number, (508) 757-7885, is answered 24/7, every day of the year. 

Visit http://www.worcesterma.gov/ for more information about the city of Worcester

Are you prepared for Flash Floods!

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you prepared for Flash Floods! Battling floods can be hard, let SERVPRO of South Worcester help you! Call (508)757-7885.

Prepare Now for Future Flood Damage

Heavy rainstorms are not unusual during the traditional hurricane season in recent years in the Worcester area, and area businesses anticipate possible damage from flash floods. Large amounts of water collecting in retail spaces, production floors, offices or other commercial buildings bring your business to a halt if you have no plan. Professional assistance to deal with the issues relating to flooding is crucial for full restoration to occur. 

Severe weather pounds the Worcester area, causing flood damage to downtown businesses including your concert venue. Electronic equipment, stage areas, patron seating, and food service areas are all involved. Your concert calendar is full, and both performers and fan rely upon you and your staff providing a safe and dry area for scheduled performances. The ability of our team to respond quickly with powerful water removal and state of the art drying equipment is the key to a fast turnaround. The show goes on with our help.

Our crews have familiarity with significant seasonal flooding activity in our area, and encourage businesses concerned about the yearly chaos flooding brings to work with us to develop a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile and Plan (ERP) as a flooding safeguard and preparation tool. Prior to any catastrophe, contact us and we send an experienced manager to your business for a no-obligation assessment of your space. Creating your ERP is as simple as opening our mobile app and providing a thorough list of details.

The information you provide allows us to focus our response to your current crisis. You appoint key staff who can direct the restoration effort if you are unavailable. SERVPRO asks you to give us a blueprint of your layout, including utility shut-offs, so we can jump right in to begin work. You devise and share with us a list of your priorities when flooding occurs, including the names and contact information for experts who can assist in the safe recovery of the specialized equipment used in the music business. Your Emergency Ready Profile and Plan makes a significant difference in the success of our restoration efforts.

Decide to address the potential for seasonal flooding by partnering with SERVPRO of South Worcester. Call to set up an assessment at (508) 757-7885, and we welcome the chance to craft a personalized ERP for your business.

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Water Removal in Your Crawl Space

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Rely on Professional Services to Remove Water from and Remediate Your Crawl Space

Crawl spaces are low areas building contractors in Cherry Valley may put under the first floor of a home, so there is access to necessary wiring and plumbing. They can also be storage areas under your home if you do not have a basement and the floor is concrete. However, standing water can build up sometimes in the area, causing a multitude of problems. It can be caused by a kitchen waste line leaking, a leaking sewer line, gutter downspouts incorrectly directed, sprinkler water coming through a crawl space’s vents, or a naturally-occurring high groundwater table.

When this happens, you need the professional help of a water removal remediation company. It is not recommended to do the water removal in your Cherry Valley crawl space yourself because proper remediation and water extraction requires particular expertise and equipment to handle the problem thoroughly. SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians are specially trained to handle this type of issue, and we can be reached at any time you need us. We move fast to get to your home.

We first need to get the standing water out of your crawl space. To do so, we have industrial strength truck-mounted pumps. The water must be removed before it starts to erode your foundation or create mold growth, and this is the fastest way to do so.

Since concrete is cooler than other kinds of materials, moisture can stay even after the standing water has been removed. The moisture left behind can create mold and mildew growth, so it is essential we dry the crawlspace out quickly, instead of letting it sit and dry on its own. The best way for us to do so is by using dehumidifiers and fans which we carefully place in your crawlspace to dry it out most efficiently.

The equipment is checked by SERVPRO staff daily and rearranged for optimal drying as needed. Once everything is completely dry, we sanitize the affected area as well.

SERVPRO of South Worcester can take care of your water removal problem in your crawl space in a short amount of time. Anyone in the areas of Cherry Valley, Worcester, and South Worcester should call us as soon as you recognize an issue by dialing (508) 757-7885.

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How To Stay Safe In A Water Damaged Home In Cherry Valley

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Stay Safe In A Water Damaged Home In Cherry Valley Once your home has been struck by a water catastrophe, it immediately becomes a much riskier place to move about and live in.

Staying Safe During A Water Catastrophe

Once your home has been struck by a water catastrophe, it immediately becomes a much riskier place to move about and live in. While we firmly recommend allowing SERVPRO technicians to provide all guidance and operate to the fullest extent of their ability, there may be times when you, the homeowner, must enter the damaged portion of your homes. If so, be sure to take these safety precautions beforehand.

Follow Our Guidance 
SERVPRO is not here just for the simple water removal job in your Cherry Valley home - we are here to help with all aspects of the disaster. Our representatives are well-known for their approachability and communication skills, and this is perhaps most evident with safety rules. Our personnel is there to guide you on what you should and should not do around your home, and your safety is always their top priority. If we tell you to avoid an area or task, it is not for our poor intentions. These suggestions are to keep you out of harm's way and to prevent any further damage from occurring.

Face Masks 
Water damage can create some harmful respiratory conditions, especially if mold has started to take root. Whenever you are near the damaged portion of your home, you should be wearing a face mask to keep out harmful chemicals and pathogens.

Gloves 
A good pair of gloves is essential for doing anything in the damaged part of your home. They should be rubberized to avoid any risk of electrocution, thick to avoid rips and tears, and well-fitted to ensure as little water as possible reaches your skin. Try to avoid disposable gloves, as these do not provide suitable protection in a water damage scenario.

Long Sleeves 
You should always wear long-sleeved clothing in a damaged area, even if it is a hot day. Long sleeves protect your skin from harmful chemicals and hazards, especially if the clothing is composed of a strong material.

SERVPRO of South Worcester is a locally-owned and operated branch of a national company with decades of experience removing and restoring water damage in homes like yours. Call us 24/7 at (508) 757-7885.

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Can You Save Your Best Carpet From Mold When It Gets Wet in Cherry Valley?

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can You Save Your Best Carpet From Mold When It Gets Wet in Cherry Valley? Drying out your wet carpet after an incident is our highest priority. Call our technicians after an event at your home so that we can remediate.

SERVPRO's Quick Actions can Help Prevent a Mold Infestation

It does not take much for a rug to get wet. Sometimes the culprit is extreme weather or run-off after a storm, but often a broken pipe or appliance is enough to soak a carpet through. After a carpet gets wet, the risk of mold growth is a genuine concern. Mold is a fungus, and as such, it likes to have moisture and an organic food source to sustain it. Unfortunately, carpet fibers are an excellent food source for mold, and once fungus gets into your carpet, it is hard to get it out again. 
 
The best way to save your favorite carpet from mold damage after it gets wet in Cherry Valley is to call SERVPRO at once. The key to saving floor coverings from the fungus is to dry them out swiftly and thoroughly, so the spores do not have a chance to grow. Our IICRC-certified technicians have the skills and equipment necessary to dry your carpet fast. 
 
When our team arrives, we start by extracting as much water from the carpet as possible. We understand that thorough extraction is key to the success of the drying process, which is why we use special tools such as wands and make several passes. 
 
After extraction, the next step is drying your carpet. SERVPRO uses three types of air mover for optimum performance. Centrifugal air movers sit atop the carpet and blow air directly over the surface to encourage evaporation. Low profile air movers are similar to centrifugal and are used to direct air over the carpet. Low profile units can also be stacked and are light enough to move around. Finally, we use downdraft machines that pull warmer air downwards and spread it across the carpet. Downdraft units are useful for drying large areas. 
 
Dehumidifiers are used to lower the moisture level in the air and hasten the drying process. 
 
We understand that thorough drying is the only protection against mold growth. We use a range of equipment including moisture probes and penetrating moisture meters to measure the amount of dampness and make sure the job is complete. 
 
Do not put your favorite carpet at risk of fungal growth. Call SERVPRO of South Worcester at (508) 757-7885 today for help. 

Speedy Flood Damage Restoration Avoids Need to Reschedule Worcester Events

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Speedy Flood Damage Restoration Avoids Need to Reschedule Worcester Events Make sure that all events at your venue are remembered for the beauty of the room and the event celebrated there. Call SERVPRO after any accident.

SERVPRO Technicians are on the Job Quickly after Your Call to Make Sure that Your Business is Able to Meet Any and All Party Expectations

The beautiful and historic venues in our area add an element of elegance to weddings, graduations, and conferences, among other celebrations and ceremonies. Antiquated plumbing fails and floods without regard to schedules, threatening to require cancellation of events long-planned and anticipated. SERVPRO responds to such catastrophes fast, getting your agenda back on track. 
 
A water main breaks, causing commercial flood damage in the main hall of your Worcester event center just hours before proud friends and families plan to gather for a medical school graduation. Scrambling to hold this significant event in one of the smaller areas of your building requires paring down the graduates’ guest lists. Discard this unacceptable notion and call us to restore the planned setting in time for the awarding of the diplomas. 
 
The SERVPRO flood damage team springs into action. Our powerful water pump and extraction equipment are truck mounted, so we get to work even if the power is off temporarily. Our project manager assesses while the crew gets to work. We collect and remove the standing water before industrially sized air movers begin the drying process. Our technicians train extensively in advanced drying techniques, including measuring and then monitoring moisture levels throughout the affected areas to guide our efforts. If the air movers do not reduce the wetness fast enough, we bring in high-efficiency dehumidifiers to more rapidly reduce the moisture. 
 
Water removal from carpeted areas is one of our specialties. If part of the targeted area has wall to wall floor coverings, we dedicate workers to the task of extracting water carefully from the fibers. Using the strong and efficient extraction vacuums is a task our team is certified to do without stretching or tearing the carpeting from its backing. Air movers and dehumidifiers help after in-place water extraction, positioned to dry both above and below the carpet. 
 
The influx of water is the major issue, but SERVPRO also attends to the cleanup of items displaced, tipped over, or otherwise damaged during the floor. We understand your clients expect a memorable event, but not because the area appears devastated by the flooding. Our focus during every job is restoration to a preloss condition. The vastness of your physical plant does not change our goal. We bring in as many technicians as needed to achieve this objective in the time permitted, ensuring your event proceeds on time. 
 
Major flooding is a disaster to which SERVPRO of South Worcester confidently responds, even in a large, commercial setting. One call to (508) 757-7885 brings the crews required to return your hall to its previous glory quickly, for the event of your clients' lifetimes.